LeBron, Melo, CP3 and D-Wade Open ESPYs: ‘The Violence Needs to Stop’

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The 2016 ESPYs opened on a different note on Wednesday, with NBA superstars and friends LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade delivering a powerful message.

It seems there’s no running away from the heartbreaking news that has consistently gripped the United States, especially with the constant gun violence over the last few months. So starting the ESPYs with the typical upbeat tone would have been unusual this year.

That’s why the four NBA stars each took the time to speak on shootings, race relations, law enforcement and the communities that are talked about the least, but are often hurting the most.

Don’t get me wrong, the ESPYs is an inane concept. There are zero reasons to hand out awards to athletes that play professional sports that also have awards and trophies. Those athletes actually play games that objectively determine who the best are, so subjectively handing out trophies is silly.

That being said, if hundreds of the world’s best athletes are gathered in one room together, that’s one way to send a message and actually make a difference. And the ESPYs have continued to do that since it began in 1993. The charitable work for cancer research speaks for itself.

Great job by the Banana Boat Crew for giving millions of sports fans some perspective.